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New stem cell method makes viable liver cells

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 17:21:16 GMT

* Scientists correct gene mutation, grow new liver cells in mice



Opinion: Stem cell clinics ripping off patients

Mon, 18 Jul 2011 13:19:40 GMT

No one likes a bully. Intimidation is a rotten way to get what you want. Yet that's what some in the stem cell therapy industry are trying to do to a group of scientists trying to speak up about the often fraudulent nature of their business, writes bioethicist Art Caplan.



Scientists recreate heart defect in a lab dish

Wed, 9 Feb 2011 19:05:13 GMT

Using skin cells taken from children with a rare heart defect, researchers have created beating heart cells in the lab with the same heart defect, allowing researchers to test new drugs in human cells instead of mice.



Stem cells could get pup walking again

Wed, 9 Feb 2011 21:23:18 GMT

(image) The 3-year-old lab has trouble walking, but vets are optimistic that she'll live pain-free.



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Progress being made with stem cell alternative

Thu, 30 Sep 2010 16:42:43 GMT

A new method, which is a more efficient way of turning skin cells into stem cells, could be the first practical way to make cells for creating new tissue to treat conditions like diabetes and Parkinson's disease.



Stem cell reversal: Ill Americans deserve better

Tue, 24 Aug 2010 20:24:00 GMT

Just when you thought embryonic stem cell research would begin to show whether regenerating damaged cells would allow spinal cord injury victims to walk again or help repair damaged hearts, a federal district court judge has ordered it to stop.  But millions of ill and disabled Americans deserve better.



Rabbits grow their own joint replacements

Wed, 28 Jul 2010 23:10:59 GMT

Rabbits implanted with artificial bones re-grew their own joints, complete with cartilage, researchers reported on Thursday.



Frozen blood a source of stem cells, study finds

Thu, 1 Jul 2010 19:40:31 GMT

Frozen blood from stored samples can be used to make cells resembling stem cells, researchers said on Thursday -- opening a potential new and easier source for the valued cells.



Vatican to finance adult stem cell research

Fri, 23 Apr 2010 22:01:07 GMT

(image) The Vatican is pushing for research of adult stem cells as an alternative to the use of embryonic stem cells, which the Catholic Church opposes because it maintains that the destruction of the embryo amounts to the killing of human life.



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Newsweek: Study finds problems with adult stem cells

Thu, 11 Feb 2010 22:25:31 GMT

Compared with specialized cells produced from the 25 lines of stem cells derived from embryos, those from the eight populations of induced pluripotent stem cells had significantly higher rates of death, higher rates of aging, and severely lower rates of growth.



New stem cell lines OK'd for tax-paid research

Wed, 2 Dec 2009 18:08:37 GMT

(image) A new era in embryonic stem cell research arrived as the U.S. government approved 13 batches of the master cells for a study using taxpayer dollars, with dozens more in the pipeline.



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Scientists make cells that form eggs, sperm

Wed, 28 Oct 2009 19:59:46 GMT

U.S. researchers have found a way to coax human embryonic stem cells to turn into the types of cells that make eggs and sperm, shedding light on a stage of early human development that has not been fully understood.



Breast-feeding could save 1.3 million lives

Fri, 31 Jul 2009 13:27:30 GMT

Teaching new mothers how to breast-feed could save 1.3 million children's lives every year, but many women get no help and give up trying, the World Health Organization said on Friday.



Whole mice created from skin cells

Thu, 23 Jul 2009 21:01:00 GMT

(image) Two teams of Chinese scientists have made a major advance in mice in the development of a new kind of stem cell that doesn't involve destroying embryos.



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New cancer-killing method found in stem cells

Tue, 19 May 2009 22:16:27 GMT

Genetically engineered stem cells from bone marrow showed promise as a potential new way to deliver a cancer-killing protein to tumors, British researchers said on Tuesday.



New way to make stem cells discovered

Thu, 23 Apr 2009 19:11:01 GMT

Researchers have developed a new way to make embryonic-like stem cells by soaking them in genetically engineered proteins, a new step toward using ordinary cells to treat disease.



New embryonic stem cell rules limit funding

Fri, 17 Apr 2009 17:04:36 GMT

Scientists seeking taxpayer money for embryonic stem cell research under President Barack Obama's new plan must use cells originally culled from fertility clinic embryos.



Scientist: First cloned camel born in Dubai

Tue, 14 Apr 2009 17:53:54 GMT

(image) A scientist says the world's first cloned camel has been produced in the desert emirate of Dubai.



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A few states buck stem cell trend with bans

Tue, 17 Mar 2009 13:16:01 GMT

After President Barack Obama lifted limits on human embryonic stem cell research, a few states are taking action to ban the research.



Stem cell payoff could take decades not days

Mon, 16 Mar 2009 13:51:09 GMT

(image) For all the past week's headlines about embryonic stem cells' medical promise there is a sobering reality: The science to prove that promise will take years.



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Opinion: Finally, a coherent stem cell policy

Mon, 9 Mar 2009 12:42:31 GMT

(image) President Obama's reversal of the Bush-era ban on funding for embryonic stem cell research is good news for the science needed to find treatments for currently incurable conditions and for the ethics at stake in the issue .



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Patients glad to have final say on embryos’ fates

Tue, 10 Mar 2009 21:16:07 GMT

When Amy Birney had to decide what to do with the two embryos that remained after her fertility treatment, she knew one thing: The government shouldn’t have a say in the matter.



Researchers find safer way to make stem cells

Sun, 1 Mar 2009 18:25:49 GMT

Researchers say they've found a safer way to transform ordinary skin cells into powerful stem cells in a move that could eventually remove the need to use human embryos.



Fetal stem cells trigger tumors in ill boy

Wed, 18 Feb 2009 01:20:58 GMT

A family desperate to save a child from a lethal brain disease sought highly experimental injections of fetal stem cells — shots that triggered tumors in the boy's brain and spinal cord.



Usefulness of animal-human embryos doubted

Mon, 2 Feb 2009 19:05:34 GMT

It may be futile to try producing stem cells by putting human DNA into cow or rabbit eggs and making hybrid cloned embryos, a strategy that has triggered controversy, a study says.



Study: Stem cell transplants could reverse MS

Fri, 30 Jan 2009 01:15:52 GMT

U.S. researchers have reversed multiple sclerosis symptoms in early stage patients by using bone marrow stem cell transplants to reset the immune system, they said on Thursday.



Opinion: Election signals change in bioethics

Thu, 6 Nov 2008 22:56:18 GMT

The 2008 election will be remembered not only for  Barack Obama becoming the first African-American president, but also for its impact on core bioethical issues.